November 20, 2017

Arab Spring needs Iranian Summer to survive

United Press International LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- As Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to defy the demands of the Syrian people for change and maintains a policy of massacring his own people, evidence has arisen of a dangerous external influence in Syria. This external influence is not as Assad has intimated, that of Western influence in the protests, but rather the disturbing role now being played by the Iranian regime in the crackdown on the Syrian people. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials have highlighted the growing role being played by the Iranian regime in the crackdown in Syria, including the Iranian regime supplying Syria with weapons … [Read more...]

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished — Washington Threatens Iranian Dissidents in Iraq, Says Iran Policy Committee

PRNewswire, July 6, 2011 WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the Fourth of July in Baghdad, terrorists fired a Katyusha rocket at the U.S. Embassy as Americans were celebrating despite the fact the embassy is inside the heavily-fortified Green Zone. The following day, double blasts from a car bomb and a roadside bombing in a parking lot outside a city council building north of Baghdad killed at least 35 people. The explosions in Taji, a Sunni-dominated town about 12 miles north of Baghdad, are the most recent in a series of attacks across Iraq. Last month, bombs ripped through Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 40 people. Two days before, double blasts … [Read more...]

Why we should back the Persian Spring

Will the wave of change in the Muslim world reach Iran and evolve into a Persian Spring, asks Lord Corbett. The Telegraph By Robin Corbett 30 Jun 2011 About 100,000 Iranian exiles in Paris last month drew the attention of the international community to the plight of the Iranian people and demanded support for the Iranian Opposition movement. They believe the Persian Spring is part and parcel of the Arab Spring, and that the policy of the West could be the key to timing. The conference was addressed by senior US politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former US Congressman Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Ted Kennedy), former White House Chief of Staff Andrew … [Read more...]

Iranians are seeking democracy — and support

St. Louis Post Dispatch By Kasra Nejat Tuesday, June 28, 2011 As protests for democracy and human rights continue in the Middle East, the world has not forgotten that the Iranian people also staged nationwide uprisings beginning in June 2009. In February and March of this year, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Iran once again, demanding democracy and an end to the regime. Without offering support to the Iranian people and their main opposition, the world cannot deal with the regime's multi-faceted threats, including the mad dash toward nuclear weapons. For the West, the expression of legitimate demands for freedoms and human rights across the Middle East has … [Read more...]

U.S. policy toward Iran is stagnant

Anti-Tehran group should be nurtured, not hindered. Columbia Daily Tribune BY KASRA NEJAT Sunday, June 26, 2011 As protests for democracy and human rights continue in the Middle East, the world has not forgotten that for the past two years, beginning in June 2009, the Iranian people also staged nationwide uprisings. In February and March this year, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Iran once again, demanding democracy and an end to the regime. Without offering support to the Iranian people and their main opposition, the world cannot deal with the regime’s multi-faceted threats, including the mad dash toward nuclear weapons. For the West, the expression of … [Read more...]

Washington Post, June 22, 2011: What is the State Department Waiting for?

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U.S. must step up to help exiled Iranians in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf

Detroit Free Press June 17, 2011 After the death of Bin Laden, the world is again focusing on the Arab spring with even more vigor, because the message of Arab Spring is opposite to that of Bin Laden — freedom, democracy, and secular Islam. When Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi began to fire on his own people, the United Nations stepped in — as it should have — with air strikes to protect civilians and stem the brutal attacks. In Iraq, there is a similar situation, and perhaps even worse. Many Iraqi citizens have been gunned down in Baghdad and other cities because they called Maliki “a liar,” and wanted a better living condition for the country. Iraqi forces, at the behest of, … [Read more...]

Ted Poe wants Iranian group removed from terrorist list, says it now seeks peaceful regime change

Houston Chronicle June 16, 2011 Rep. Ted Poe is urging the State Department to remove an Iranian group from the department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. The Texas Republican said Mujahedin-e Khalq, also known as the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, is now a peaceful organization dedicated to regime change in Iran. “I have not been convince they should remain on the list,” Poe said, adding that he has received both classified and non-classified briefings from the State Department and has yet to see evidence that marks the group as a terrorists. The group,  founded in 1960s by Iranian Marxists who opposed the Shah of Iran,  is credited with several terrorist attacks that … [Read more...]

Washington Times, June 15, 2011: 800 Faith Community Leaders Call on Secretary Clinton to Delist MEK

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U.S.-Iran Policy: P.J. Crowley, Stuart Eizenstat and Nancy Soderberg, Join Former Republican Officials in Urging President Obama To Support a “Persian Spring”

PR Newswire June 6, 2011 WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several former U.S. Government officials spoke to the need for the Obama Administration to focus more on the Persian Spring as the administration is calibrating its new Middle East initiative to adapt to the realities in the region, during a symposium in Washington, DC, entitled "New U.S. Middle East Initiative and the Policy on Iran," organized by Human Rights and Democracy International.  P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs until March 2011, said, "Change is going to occur from the bottom up.  It's not going to be imposed from the outside in but we have to be in a position where we … [Read more...]